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STScI and NASA
News story originally written on August 3, 1998
According to Vint Cerf, inventor of the TCP/IP standard that the
Internet runs on, NASA researchers are working on a way to extend the Net
to Mars! Mr. Cerf said that, "There is now an effort underway to design
and build an interplanetary Internet."
The planned extension of the Net would make live broadcasts from NASA
missions to Mars easier, boosting their public visiblility. Researchers
are working on ways to overcome the obstacles in the path of the
signals. These "pings" take six hours to travel from Mars to Earth!
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